In the Maths Department, we have a dedicated team that will try their best for every student in the school. Lessons are differentiated to tailor the needs of every student within the classroom. Students are taught a range of different topics in depth to help them with the transition into GCSE in Year 10. The foundations of mathematics are taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 which are then built upon in the later years. The topics are taken from the National Curriculum, OFSTED framework and the GCSE specification to ensure every child will have the breadth of knowledge needed to secure a good qualification at GCSE.
Who will teach my child?
- Miss Hall (Head of Department)
- Mr Booth (Deputy Head of Department)
- Mrs Riley (Deputy Head of Department)
- Miss Wood (Year 7 Maths Lead)
- Mr Carolan
- Mr Fox
- Miss Shilton
- Miss Raju
- Miss Donkin
- Mr Houghton
- Mr Abraham
- Mr Dixon
- Mr Faulkner
What will my child be taught?
- Year 7: Four operations of number, fractions, decimals and percentages, introducing algebra, drawing graphs, area of shapes and angles.
- Year 8: Averages, probability, Pythagoras and trigonometry, percentages, straight line graphs, transformations, standard form, area, volume and surface area and trial and improvement.
- Year 9: Averages, powers and roots, expanding and factorising, polygons, fractions, percentages and decimals, transformations, probability and inequalities.
- Year 10: Fractions, percentages, probability, solving equations, simultaneous equations, angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry, circle theorems, quadratic equations and straight line graphs.
- Year 11: Circle theorems, ratio and proportion, averages, transformations, Pythagoras and trigonometry and revision for exams.
How will my child be assessed?
Key Stage 3
Your child will be assessed at the end of each term. This will be a 1 hour assessment in class. The end of year assessment that will be completed in the hall.
Progress in lesson is reviewed in the students ‘learning journey’. These can be seen throughout their exercise books. Topics are coloured in- red, amber, green. Students will be assigned an extra home learning task based on these to support with any gaps in knowledge.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, students will be assess every half term with either a topic test or a GCSE exam paper to help support them in preparation for their GCSE exams. In Year 11, students will be tested more frequently to react to the topics that students are not as confident with. Therefore they will be tested more than once a half term. These results will be recorded on the front of pupils exercise books.
How can I support my child’s learning?
Key Stage 3
The most effective way to support your child is to encourage them to revise before exams, complete all their homework and giving them a quiet area to be able to do this.
Another way you can support your child is asking them to visit Thursday after school sessions that run every week. Students are able to attend this as a drop in session for anything that they do not understand or would like to revise. Students can also get help with their homeworks in this session.
Key Stage 4
For Year 11 students, we recommend that they have a space that they can revise in and a revision timetable that students then stick to. To revise for Maths, students need to do this in 20 minute blocks and pick a certain topic. The best way to revise is to practice GCSE questions. There are also Wednesday revision sessions that students can attend all year until the exams.
- Higher students- to go to Mrs Riley in N2
- Foundation students to go to Mr Booth in N10
In addition to this, there are revision sessions that run in the holidays in the run up to the GCSE examinations.
HegartyMaths is one of the best ways for your child to learn maths on their own at home.
1 - Every single topic in school maths (850+) is explained in 10 minute video tutorials designed and delivered by, Mr Colin Hegarty. Mr Hegarty is an-award winning teacher who won UK Teacher of the Year 2014 and was nominated in the top 10 teachers in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. Your child does not have to feel stuck at home as Mr Hegarty can explain any topic to them.
2 - After every video, HegartyMaths, has an assessment with questions covering everything taught in the video so students can practise and ensure they understand the maths Mr Hegarty just presented.
3 - HegartyMaths records everything your child ever does on the system (their progress and effort), reporting it back to the teacher and to the child so it’s clear what their strengths and weaknesses are and how hard they are working.
4 - HegartyMaths allows a parent to see everything their child needs to learn and support them. Often parents who may be unsure of the schools methods like to watch the videos along with their child and understand the techniques their child needs to know.
5 - HegartyMaths remembers all the child’s mistakes and gives them practice on their weaknesses so they can do impactful independent learning.
7 things you can do to ensure HegartyMaths transforms your child’s maths home learning
Each week ask about your child’s homework
Ask your child what day the homework was set, when it must be handed in, what clip number and topic it is and when your child plans to complete the homework. Try to encourage your child to complete the homework well before the due date.
Provide your child a good place to work
Provide your child a quiet but supervised place to work. As the homework is online, it’s good to be in the room to ensure your child is not getting distracted by other online activities. Furthermore, as it’s a written homework, your child will need a desk, table or flat surface to copy their notes. If you don’t have a suitable place at home to work or weak wifi, please encourage your child to attend their school’s homework club.
Get your child the correct equipment
Your child will need a black/blue pen for all working out and some paper. Many lessons also require a scientific calculator and geometry set.
Encourage your child to work in the right way
Please always check your child has carried out their homework following the three requirements below which will have been modelled and encouraged by their teacher:
i) Always watch the video and take notes of all modelled examples provided;
ii) Always write each Q down and show all their workings always;
iii) Always mark each question, make corrections and write their score at the end.
Encourage your child not to give up if they are making mistakes
If your child is making mistakes, tell them that is ok and normal. As long as your child is working in the correct way (watching the video, taking notes, writing their workings and self-correcting) then praise them for their hard work and application. Try not to focus on their score as this can demotivate them. If you praise their eﬀort and tell them they will eventually improve if they keep working in this way they will be happy and want to do their weekly homework.
Reassure your child if they are not understanding
If you child completely does not understand the video, watch it with them and try to help them understand. Also look below the video to their building blocks. Redoing these lessons will help your child plug any gaps in their prior learning needed for the current homework.
Encourage them to contact their teacher through the response boxes. That way we can see the questions they are struggling on.
Help them do extra work or get ahead
Before learning new topics, always encourage your child to do two things:
i) Fix lessons marked in their donut as red (under 70%) or amber (between 70 and 100%) and try to make them green (100%) by redoing them.
ii) Complete a Fix-Up-5. Hegarty Maths will remember every mistake your child has ever made
and gives them 5 practice questions on their weaknesses with the help video. This will allow your child to improve quickly.
Once the two above are done, then you can consider completing extra new lessons. Ask your child’s teacher for the best extra clips to do.
Below in the attachments are the HegartyMaths revision lists for independent learning.